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Research Day 2012 highlights the latest advances in health research

26 April 2012

The latest research on breast cancer, cystic fibrosis, bone tissue engineering, cyberpsychology and sexual health were just some of the topics featured in studies which were presented at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)'s annual Research Day which took place on Wednesday, 25th April.

Professor John Kelly, Director of Research at RCSI, presents John J Ryan medal to Professor Michael Berndt, Director of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at Dublin City University and Professor of Experimental Medicine at RCSI, who delivered the John J Ryan Distinguished Lecture at Reserach Day.

Pictured are Dr Robert Brady and James Parker.

Over 300 researchers attended this annual forum which provides RCSI scientists with the opportunity to showcase their most recent research findings and emphasises the importance of research within the College.

The emphasis for the day was on oral and poster presentations by Investigators early in their career, Post-doctoral Fellows, Post-graduate and Undergraduate Scholars and Academic Staff. All oral presentations and posters were judged and awards for the best presentations were presented at an evening ceremony.

Pictured (l-r) are Professor Fergal O'Brien, Research Day Academic Co-ordinator; Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and Dr Kevin McGuigan, Department of Physiology and Medical Physics.

Professor John Kelly, Director of Research at RCSI said "Research has a vital role in this institution and the annual Research Day recognises the varied areas of research across the different disciplines in RCSI. As one of Ireland's premier research institutions, the educational activities of the College also benefit greatly from the exposure to world-class research which enables us to develop and train new generations of researchers."

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Pictured are Cian O'Leary, Dr Tom Farrell and Dr Federico Sukno

The John J Ryan Distinguished Guest Lecture was delivered by Professor Michael Berndt who spoke on the subject of "Diversity, Diagnostics and Disease: The BDI Experience". Prof. Berndt is currently Director of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at Dublin City University and Professor of Experimental Medicine at RCSI.

Pictured (l-r) are Dr John Gleeson, Dr Tanya Levingstone and Professor Fergal O'Brien

Some of the highlights from the 2012 RCSI Research Day included:

• RCSI to conduct the first international study on self-generated "inappropriate material" on the internet - research in collaboration with the London Metropolitan Police and INTERPOL to improve child safety on the internet
• The latest developments in tissue engineering including the development of gene-activated matrices for bone tissue regeneration
• Rare hereditary emphysema (Alpha-1 Antitrypsin) mutations in the Irish Population
• The use of Solar Disinfection of Drinking Water (SODIS) enhancement technologies for treating household harvested rain drinking water
• Low uptake of sexual health services in Irish women following sexual assault

Pictured (l-r) are Dr Killian Hurley, Dr Kitty O'Connor, Dr Tomás Carroll and Dr David Bergin

Pictured is Professor John Kelly, Director of Research at RCSI and Professor Dermot Kenny.

Pictured (l-r) are Ujval Anil Kumar, Professor Jochen Prehn and Monika Jarsabek

Pictured is Aine McCarthy, winner of the Dr. Harry O'Flanagan Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, receiving her prize from Professor Cathal Kelly, CEO/Registrar.

Professor Cathal Kelly, CEO/Registrar, RCSI and Alba Jimenez-Pacheco, Department of Physiology and Medical Physics, winner of the post-graduate poster prize.

Professor Cathal Kelly, CEO/ Registrar, RCSI and Sudipto Das, winner of the Roche Gold Medal for best PhD scholars oral presentation.

Dr Magdalena Mroz, winner of The Barnes Medal for best oral presentation in the early career investigators category and Dr Joe Barnes, Professor Emeritus of Tropical Medicine in RCSI.

Professor Cathal Kelly, CEO/ Registrar, RCSI and Erica Tierney, recipient of the PhD scholars poster presentation award. 

Professor John Kelly, Director of Research; Dr Killian Hurley, post-graduate oral research prize winner (Mundipharma Pharmaceuticals Prize); and Mr Peter Daly, Mundipharma Pharmaceuticals.

Dr Safia Sayed (FRCSI) and Mr.Chandrasekaran Kaliaperumal FRCSEd (Neuro.Surg), Specialist Registrar in Neurosurgery at Cork University Hospital, recipient of the Mr Kamal Sayed Prize in Neurosurgery, which is supported by Dr Yacoob Kadwa, RCSI Class of 1965. This prestigious award of RCSI is run in conjunction with the Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience.